Dakar: Penalty for Karginov gives Stage 4 truck win to Nikolaev (VIDEO)

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It looked like defending truck champion Andrey Karginov had notched his first win of the 2015 Dakar Rally following Wednesday’s Stage 4 from Chilecito to Copiapo.

But a one-minute time penalty given to him by race officials for excess speeding in a liaison stage handed the win to Stage 2 victor and KAMAZ teammate Eduard Nikolaev (pictured), who had finished a mere three seconds behind.

The penalty bumped Karginov to second in the stage. Another KAMAZ pilot, Stage 3 winner Ayrat Mardeev, finished third on Wednesday for a team sweep of the podium. MAN’s Ales Loprais and Iveco’s Hans Stacey were fourth and fifth, respectively.

KAMAZ also holds the top three spots in the overall as well. Mardeev remains leader in the truck category after assuming that role on Tuesday. He holds a one minute, 57-second advantage over Nikolaev, with Karginov running third at two minutes, 45 seconds back.

Meanwhile, Rafal Sonik broke through for his first stage win of the 2015 Dakar in quad action. The Polish rider finally reached the top Wednesday after starting the event with finishes of second, fourth, and third.

Sonik, who got that third-place finish in Stage 3 despite being assessed a 15-minute time penalty, won by almost three and a half minutes over defending Dakar champ Ignacio Casale. Mohammed Abu-Issa of Qatar was a distant third by more than 13 minutes.

Additionally, Sonik reclaimed the overall quad lead by a margin of 3 minutes, 49 seconds over Uruguay’s Sergio Lafuente, who finished fourth on Wednesday. Casale sits third overall at 13:32 behind, still feeling the effects of a 20-minute time penalty he received for starting late on Tuesday.

Marvin Musquin to miss entire 2020 Supercross season

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On Friday, Marvin Musquin announced on Instagram he will miss the entire 2020 Supercross season with a knee injury.

The injury was sustained earlier this week in a practice crash at the KTM test track when he overjumped an obstacle and landed hard.

It’s “not the kind of news I’m excited to share with you guys,” Musquin wrote. “I was really happy to be back on the bike riding after being injured at the end of the Motocross season and starting to train for Supercross. Unfortunately, I had an incident at the KTM test track and ultimately over-jumped a jump that had a very big impact on my legs when I landed, injuring my left knee.”

I had it evaluated by several doctors and it was determined that my knee required surgery. It’s devastating news to me as I was really looking forward to racing Supercross, but I will take the time needed to recover properly with my main focus being to return when I am strong enough to win races.”

Last year, Musquin sustained another knee injury in November that threatened his 2019 Supercross season. He was able to ride in the Anaheim 1 event and finished in the top 10. Musquin improved throughout the season, winning two races and finishing third in the points after making a determined charge.

Musquin missed the 2011 and 2014 Supercross seasons with ACL injuries.

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Not the kind of news I’m excited to share with you guys… I was really happy to be back on the bike riding after being injured at the end of the Motocross season and starting to train for Supercross. Unfortunately, I had an incident at the KTM test track and ultimately over-jumped a jump that had a very big impact on my legs when I landed, injuring my left knee. I had it evaluated by several doctors and it was determined that my knee required surgery. It’s devastating news to me as I was really looking forward to racing Supercross, but I will take the time needed to recover properly with my main focus being to return when I am strong enough to win races. A big thanks to my team @ktmusa for supporting me in this tough time. I feel terribly sorry for them and all my sponsors for not being able to represent them on the track for the 2020 AMA SX season. But we will be back 👊🏼

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